The Japanese Chargé to Acting Secretary of State Adee.

No. 49.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that, regarding the exchange of the prisoners of war which shall take place immediately after the exchange of the ratifications of the peace treaty signed at Portsmouth, the Imperial Government deem it convenient to receive the Japanese prisoners, and others who are detained in Russia, at the western frontier of that country, and to hand over the Russian prisoners, and others who are detained in Japan, at the ports of Nagasaki, Kobe, and Yokohama.

With this fact in view, I am instructed by the Imperial Government to request the good offices of the United States Government in instructing by telegraph Ambassador Meyer to bring the above to the attention of the Russian Government and obtain their assent to the proposition in order to enable the two governments to act promptly in the matter. The subject in question having an important relation to the preparatory arrangement concerning the exchange of the prisoners, the prompt reply of the Russian Government will be especially appreciated by the Imperial Government.

Accept, etc.,

Eki Hioki.